Teaching is an art. It needs hard work, preparation, sincerity, patience, honesty, impartiality, humbleness, co-cooperativeness, caring, and always being ready to learn new things and the practices and the experience. And if it is about Technical education then the quality of teaching depends on the in-depth knowledge and understanding of the subject, sense of humour, attentiveness, your direct practical experience, exposure to the society’s real life problems and the solutions for the same, knowing of the current trends, interaction with the industry, training, visits, acceptance by the students and hence love, dedication and devotion of the teacher towards the subject knowledge and much much more.
The quality of any teaching program cannot rise above the quality of teachers, teaching is a highly individualized activity, and the student-teacher interaction is an intense human relationship that encompasses a broad range of personalities and behaviors. Many new teachers attempt to initiate the style of a favourite teacher from the past, but the most successful style is those that develop as naturally as possible from a teacher’s own personal characteristics. The most effective teaching style for a teacher will be one that reflects a combination of sound teaching techniques, knowledge of the subject, enthusiasm for teaching and the sensitivity to another’s personal characteristics. In general, if a teacher comes across his/her students as a caring person, their appreciation for the teacher’s personal sincerity will enhance their impression about the teacher.
Recent technological advances have affected many areas of our lives: the way we communicate, collaborate, learn, and, of course, teach. Teaching in this new era is an altogether different phenomenon; never before could learning be happening the way it is now — everywhere, all the time, on any possible topic, supporting any possible learning style or preference. Hence teachers should:
- Learn New Technologies – In order to be able to offer students choices, having one’s own hands-on experience and expertise will be useful.
- Go Global – Today’s tools make it possible to learn about other countries and people first hand. Teaching students how to use the tools in their hands to “visit” any corner of this planet will hopefully make us more knowledgeable and sympathetic.
- Be Smart and Use Smart Phones – Encourage students to view their devices as valuable tools that support knowledge (rather than distractions).
- Go Digital – Another important attribute is to go paperless — organizing teaching resources and activities on one’s own website, share links and offer digital discussions.
- Collaborate – Technology allows collaboration between teachers & students. Creating digital resources, presentations, and projects together with other educators and students will make classroom activities resemble the real world. Collaboration should go beyond sharing documents via e-mail or creating PowerPoint presentations. Collaboration globally can change our entire experience
- Connect – Connect with like-minded individuals. Again, today’s tools allow us to connect anyone, anywhere, anytime. Have a question for an expert or colleague? Simply connect via social media: follow, join, ask, or tell.
- Project-Based Learning – As today’s students have an access to authentic resources on the web, experts anywhere in the world, and peers learning the same subject somewhere else, students should develop their own driving questions, conduct their research, contact experts, and create final projects to share all using devices already in their hands. All they need from their teacher is guidance.
- Innovate – Expand your teaching toolbox and try new ways you have not tried before, such as teaching with social media or replacing textbooks with web resources. Not for the sake of tools but for the sake of students.
- Keep Learning – As new ways and new technology keep emerging, learning and adapting is essential. Since technology keeps developing, learning a tool once and for all is not an option. New technologies are new for everyone and experienced teachers alike, so everyone can jump in at any time.
Being a Civil Engineer and a structural designer, my focus is on these particular areas and I would strive and work as hard as I possibly can to master them. Technical teacher education requires that you learn to educate students in multiple vocational fields, including computers, appliances and technology. Vijay Wairagade
Prof. Vijay Wairagade,
Indira College of Engineering and Management, Pune.